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Old 07-07-2017, 10:30 AM   #11
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If the herbs will be added during the cooking process, use dried. If added at the end of preparation, use fresh.
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If the herbs will be added during the cooking process, use dried. If added at the end of preparation, use fresh.
Dried mint or oregano can be used as finishing touches.
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Dried mint or oregano can be used as finishing touches.
But you lose the freshness the finishing herbs are supposed to impart
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Yes, well one does what they must and, without refrigeration beyond an ice chest for a day or two after trips to town, everything is dried, canned or home grown, hunted, fished up.
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I love lettuce. So I don't understand my reluctance for having fresh leaves of basil and others on my food. I feel like I am eating leaves off a tree. But if you chop them to a fine chop when they are fresh, I will gladly have them on my food.

Personally I think it is all in my mind and I am just plain nuts. But I do think oregano is better dried. I also find that for dried, a little goes a long way. And there is less waste for me.

I no longer eat or cook big meals. So that has been a major factor in my use of herbs. To buy them fresh, they go bad before I can use them all.
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But you lose the freshness the finishing herbs are supposed to impart
That's not always the effect I want. Dried woody herbs have different flavors and characteristics that can be nice on hummus, for example, or dried Mexican oregano as a garnish on refried beans.
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Yes, well one does what they must and, without refrigeration beyond an ice chest for a day or two after trips to town, everything is dried, canned or home grown, hunted, fished up.
Of course. But "do what you can with what you have" is different from what's best.
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